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Valentine's Day Reads

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There is no better time to curl up with a love story than around Valentine’s Day.  The following are some recent novels that go perfect with the holiday.    

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simison:
This quirky love story features a protagonist who may be brilliant, but lacks basic social skills.  Determined to find love he starts “the wife project” using his own calculated plan for finding the right partner.  When he meets Rosie, who is nothing like his ideal partner, his plan goes off course and he sets out to help Rosie with her own project.  In the end the reader is reminded that sometimes love happens when you least expect it.

The Lost Wife by Alyson Richman:
Both romantic and nostalgic in tone, this novel tells the story of Lenka and Josef who are torn apart by war and eventually reunited by fate years later.  Richman manages to deliver a beautiful love story while telling about the real life horrors and hardships of the Holocaust era. 

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell:
This young adult book tugs at the heart strings of all ages.  Set in the 1986, Eleanor is new to town and is seen as an outcast by all of her new classmates including Park.  Eventually the two bond over comics and music which leads to a love that will remind readers of their first time falling in love.   

"Me before You: a novel" by Jojo Moyes

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Me before You is the story of Louisa Clark, and Will Traynor. “Lou” is a small town British girl, living with her zany family, and a waitress in a small Tea Shoppe. She answers an ad in the paper for a companion to a young man, and is hired for her likability and cheerfulness. Will, who was once a very active man, had an accident and is now a quadriplegic. His depression and sorrow are understood, but his mother would like him to live life in a different way. What follows is a combining of heart and soul, as these two unlikely people share their lives careening toward an unbelievable ending.

"The Hypnotist's Love Story" by Liane Moriarty

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The hypnotist has finally started dating someone that seems like he could be “the one.” He tells her on a date that he has a stalker and she finds herself fascinated rather than disturbed. This story is told from the point of view of two characters, one of whom is the stalker. The author has such a way with character development that it's easy to sympathize with the stalker and you find yourself liking her. Moriarty seems to be able to capture the most complicated of human emotions and motivations in a simple and accessible way. There are no black and white issues in her books and the truthfulness of that really shines through. This was a very enjoyable read.

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